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- Publication Date: May 17, 2012
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The Communist Manifesto Kindle Edition
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Some basic principles of Communism like abolition of private property acquiring rights, abolition of inheritance rights and nationalization of production are worth noting down. The emergence of the powerful Bourgeois (middle class) from the feudal lordship and its dominance over a period of time leading to subjugation of the Proletarian (working class) has given a new meaning to Communist ideology.
The major aim of Communism is to raise the Proletarian to the stage of political ruling class thus overthrowing the Bourgeois supremacy. The Communists therefore support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things in the Bourgeois society.
The reader might not understand many terms used by the authors unless and until he has an idea about the economic scenario of his country. Quite complex at times and the ideology goes above the heads of many until read more than once. This hand book gives the basic idea of how a Communist Manifesto works but does not spell out much about the benefits of the ideology at large. It could have been better if some illustrations were included in between, for easy understanding.
My rating is 2.5 out of 5
This is more than an economics book it is a way of life. It sounds good on paper but makes many assumptions. Instead of worrying about workability, look at the logic that is built on assumptions of that time (written, in 1848). Add this to your library.
You can pick a side (pro or con) and make a stand if you like; but look at the size of this book and realize that many people will just use the title and build their own case. You will have read the real thing.
Be sure to balance it with "The Capitalist Manifesto" by Louis O. Kelso
The Capitalist Manifesto by Louis O. Kelso and Mortimer J. Adler
we see the struggle between the working class and ruling class almost everyday.
A careful reader will identify numerous problems and logic mistakes committed by the authors. For example, it is written: "The distinguishing feature of Communism is not the abolition of property generally, but the abolition of bourgeois property". However, some pages further it is stated that the communists should pursue "the abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes" and "the abolition of right of inheritance". These statements make no distinction between "bourgeois" property and the "rest".
Max and Engels took advantage of the harsh living situation of most proletarians at that time to lure them with demagogies inciting hatred, envy, and violence against anyone who would have more conditions. They talk about "violent overthrow of the bourgeoisie", "forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions", "mission to destroy all previous securities for, and insurances of, individual property", etc. No wonder why wherever there has been an attempt to adopt communism, it has been followed by violence and cruelty. It astonishes me, though, that a dangerous wicked philosophy such as the national socialism (Nazism) have been forbidden in so many countries whilst Communism is still legal and attracts so many people.
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